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Rep. Augustus “Gus” Hawkins

Former Representative for California’s 29th District

Hawkins was the representative for California’s 29th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for California’s 21st congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1974.

Photo of Rep. Augustus “Gus” Hawkins [D-CA29, 1975-1990]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hawkins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Hawkins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Hawkins was the primary sponsor of 29 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hawkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (33%) Labor and Employment (23%) Families (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Native Americans (5%) Health (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Hawkins’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Oct 1990, Hawkins missed 2,320 of 11,813 roll call votes, which is 19.6%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: